ONGWEDIVA: Athletics Namibia (AN) held a successful national officiating course at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region over the weekend.
The three day course started on Friday and ended on Sunday.
Namibia Schools’ Sports Union (NSSU) chairperson in the region, Vaino Shimutwikeni told Nampa on Tuesday that the NSSU, in collaboration with the regional AN under chairperson Horeb Rado Dumeni, requested the training from the mother body for teachers in the region.
“The primary aim of this course was to train teachers and accredit them as qualified officials, able to officiate at national athletics events,” said Shimutwikeni.
Thirty-four delegates from seven school circuits in the Ohangwena Region participated in the course, which was the first-ever AN course to be conducted in the region.
Chairperson of Athletics Namibia’s technical officials, Berthold Karumendu, conducted the training and described it as successful, according to Shimutwikeni.
The NSSU chairperson also commended the participants, and encouraged them to utilise the experience they gained when officiating in national athletics events in future.
He encouraged them to share the experience they gained during the training with other teachers in their respective circuits in order to uplift the region’s athletics, and to make sure that athletes in the region emerge victorious during national and international events.
“I wish to see teachers from Ohangwena officiating at major events such as the Commonwealth Youth Games, Olympics, and so on,” Shimutwikeni noted.
On his part, Dumeni encouraged the teachers to also attend athletics training courses on other levels.
“I will be glad if we hear about teachers from the Ohangwena Region being accredited as qualified officials by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF),” Dumeni stated.
The course ended on Sunday with a written test.